A number of events are taking place in Newry later this month to mark Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week.

Coordinated by the Community Relations Council (CRC), it is running from Monday, September 18 – Sunday, September 24, with more than 160 events taking place across the province.

Events locally include ‘Wrens of HMS Caroline’ at Newry City Library, an exhibition examining the role and experiences of the women of HMS Caroline taking place throughout September and on Tuesdya 19 September a highland dance demonstration by Closkelt Highland Dancers at Rathfriland Library. Failte Europe also takes place at Slieve Gullion Courtyard on 23 September.

The initiative, which supports the Northern Ireland Executive’s Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) strategy, sees government departments, community groups, local councils, charitable organisations and authorities among many other organisers, host a wide range of events from exhibitions, talks, discussions, concerts, workshops and more – all based this year around the theme of ‘Safe Space: Shared Place’.

For more information on events happening in the area, visit community-relations.org.uk where a copy of the programme is available for download.

Jacqueline Irwin, Chief Executive of the Community Relations Council, says: “We have chosen the theme Safe Space: Shared Place to allow us to show how many safe and shared spaces we have here. Not just physical spaces, but space in how we think about each other”.

“We want to draw attention to the work that is going on all the time to broaden and deepen our sense of safety and to create even more spaces that are shared by all of us.  The week is an opportunity to showcase the ways in which people are making room for each other and getting involved in helping people feel safe to share sport, drama, film, food, arts, culture, music, debate, talks, tours and everything that can make life good here.

“The number and variety of independently organised events that are part of Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week 2017 is testament to the work undertaken by members of our local communities each and every day and the positive change it is making for all of us here,” she adds.

Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week is coordinated by CRC with support from The Executive Office, the Department for Communities, the Department of Justice and other government agencies.

For more information on events happening in your area, visit www.community-relations.org.uk

You can keep up to date with Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week 2017 on Facebook andTwitter and by using the hashtag #CRWeek17